Education - Master of Arts

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education is devoted to the preparation of teachers and teacher leaders for the public schools; directors of curriculum and instruction; subject matter specialists; teacher educators and professional development specialists; and, college professors and professors of curriculum and instruction. The College of Education has NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, application to Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation under review) and New Mexico Public Education Department accreditation.

Remember You cannot teach in the public schools without seeking a teaching license and you cannot seek an endorsement without first obtaining an initial teaching license.

Master of Arts in Education (for licensed PK-12 teachers) Minimum credits differ between program concentrations. Please consult the program handbook or the department for specifics.

Degree Concentration Areas

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Bilingual Education
  • Educational Learning Technologies
  • Language, Literacy & Culture (Reading)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Early Childhood Education (on-line only)

The Master of Arts Degree Core Courses  – 15 (credit hours)

The faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction have developed these core courses to provide a strong foundation in teaching and learning for all Master's candidates pursuing the MA degree. The core courses are as follows:

Curriculum and Instruction Core
EDUC 515Multicultural Education3
EDUC 516Curriculum and Pedagogy I3
EDUC 518Technology and Pedagogy3
EDUC 519Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
EDUC 520Action Research Projects 13
Total Credits15

 Additional coursework for the concentration area will be needed to obtain sufficient credits for completion of the MA degree (15-21 hours)


This course is the final core course that students are required to take. EDUC 515, 516, 518 and 519 are prerequisites to taking EDUC 520.

(Please see the Graduate Catalog for complete course descriptions:

Optional Endorsements for existing teaching licenses:

  • Bilingual
  • Technology Coordinator
  • Reading
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Master of Arts in Education (Non-License)

Students can select a Master of Arts in Education (non-license) in one of the following concentration areas:

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Bilingual Education
  • Educational Learning Technologies
  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Language, Literacy & Culture (Reading); or,
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Students completing the above programs will not be licensed to teach PreK-12 in the State of New Mexico, nor will completion of these degree programs automatically result in a teaching field endorsement. The credits may apply toward an endorsement depending on New Mexico Public Education guidelines.

Master of Arts in Education Plus License Concurrently – Students can earn a teaching license in the areas of elementary education and secondary education while earning a Master of Arts in Education degree

Checklist Completing the Master of Arts Program

  1. ____ Apply through NMSU Graduate School main webpage ( Select Intended major "Education" and the concentration you will pursue;
  2. ____ After you receive an acceptance letter from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, contact your faculty advisor within the first semester of enrollment (a listing of the C&I faculty and their contact information can be located on the C&I Website:;
  3. ____ Join the C&I MA Student List-serv at the following website, and follow the directions: It is important to regularly check your NMSU e-mail; the university sends important communications to you through that account. Also check the Department of Curriculum & Instruction Masters Website for important announcements and activities;
  4. ____Contact your advisor to complete a Preliminary Program Plan;
  5. ____ Complete the Program of Study and a STAR audit (After you have completed 12 credit hours) and make an appointment with your advisor to approve and sign the form. It must be filed with the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.  Find the form at:
  6. ____ File the Application for Degree form during the registration period of your final semester (;
  7. ____ Apply to take the written Master’s Comprehensive Examination early in the last semester of your coursework.  The MA exam usually occurs on the second Friday of October and the second Friday of March. Announcements regarding registration, the preparation session, and the exam will be on the C&I MA Website, the MA list-serv, and in the College of Education;
  8. ____ Complete the Final Examination paperwork; and,
  9. ____ Study for the Final Written Examination to be successful on your exam.

Complete Department of Curriculum and Instruction Information is located at:

Complete NMSU Graduate School Information is available on-line (